Perhaps it wasn’t the most genteel of dinner conversation. But when stories of the work done by New Hope: Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center were told to friends and patrons sitting around nearly 20 dinner tables at Ruby Tuesday Lodge on Nov. 20, actions spoke as loudly as words.
Hands shot up for donations, bids on auction items increased and patrons and friends attending Black Tie and Blue Jeans walked away with a better idea of the reason behind the gala event.
The traditionally sold-out event did not disappoint organizers this year, as table hosts and sponsors worked their magic and filled Ruby Tuesday Lodge with Blount Countians dressed in “casually elegant” attire -- from party dresses to slacks, from total tux to tux coats and blue jean bottoms.
The dinner was 5-star, from beginning hors d’Oeuvres passed while guests bid at the silent auction, to the five-course offering in the dining room. Most proclaimed “no room” for dessert until the decadent chocolate creation appeared. Room was found as plates returned to the kitchen empty.
Primary sponsors for the event were Blackberry Farms, Ruby Tuesday, Blount Memorial Hospital and the Daily Times. Other sponsors included Clayton Homes, The Tomato Head, Furrow Auction Company, Blount Memorial Foundation, Continental Aerial Survey, Katie Gamble, Dancing Bear Lodge, Gentry Furriers, Adventures Unlimited, Foothills Plaza Wine & Spirits, Bennett Galeries, By the Tracks Bistro, Mary K. Jenkins -- the Fish Lady, Bristol & Bragg Diamond Jewelers and Graphic-FX.
Hosts were Chuck and Donna Alexander, Mark and Hope Ingram, Fred and Marie Nix, Jerry and Sharon Adams, Doug and Kay Overbey, Walter and Susan Cole, Joe and Jules McCord, John and Linda Hageman, James Clark and Trudy Hughes, Cheri Jones, Kevin and Chelly Clayton, Matt and Christy Alexander, Kevin and Kimberly Proffitt and Brad and Christi Sayles.